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The Top 8 Fictional Towns You Definitely Wish You Could Visit (or Move to)

By Andres Iga, via Wikimedia Commons

Looking to move? Or make a change in your day to day and set off for hopefully greener pastures? Well, fortunately you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for that ideal small-town experience or the hustle and bustle of the big (and maybe not-so-big) city, we can steer you toward a few of our favorite fictional communities and, who knows, one of them just might be the place for you.

  • The cover of the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Hogsmeade Village

    If an eclectic community in a particularly impressive school district is what you’re in the market for, it’s hard to go wrong with Hogsmeade Village. Nestled just steps away from the prestigious and quite exclusive Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hogsmeade is also home to a host charming pubs (and surly barkeeps), shops, and points of interest. Sure, you would likely be at ground zero for the next dark wizard uprising, but everyone needs a little excitement in their life.

     
  • The cover of the book THE HOBBIT

    THE HOBBIT

    Hobbiton

    This little off-the-beaten-path community is long on quaint and short on stress. Largely a charming farming village, Hobbiton is a tight-knit community of homebodies with the very occasional thrill-seeker thrown in for good measure. Adjusting to the typical meal schedule in Hobbiton can be a little daunting, but you’ll come to love elevenses (just think of it as first brunch).

     
  • The cover of the book It

    It

    Derry

    For that perfect balance of small-town charm in a mid-sized city package, Derry, Maine is open for business. Derry fell on hard times following a catastrophic flood in the late 80s, but it is a community back on the move. With a growing Main Street, a solid school district, and a bevy of local landmarks, Derry is a rising community. The sewer system may leave a bit to be desired, though.

     
  • The cover of the book The Dunwich Horror

    The Dunwich Horror

    Arkham

    Arkham is a particularly interesting college town, and home to Miskatonic University. Miskatonic is renowned, and perhaps a bit infamous, for its research projects and medical school, but is best known for its expansive library. There are more than a few rare and interesting tomes lurking in the Miskatonics library stacks.

     
  • The cover of the book Meddling Kids

    Meddling Kids

    A Novel

    Blyton Hills

    This small vacation community nestled in the hills of Oregon is a perfect place for a summer home or a more permanent residence. With plenty of wilderness activities just steps away and an ever-welcoming Main Street, it is the very definition of scenic. It might be best not to venture into the woods at night, and maybe stay away from the old abandoned mine – but that’s just common sense.

     
  • The cover of the book City of Stairs

    City of Stairs

    Bulikov

    Bulikov is a classic city if ever there was one. Rumored to have once been the home of gods, it features some of the most brilliant and beguiling architecture imaginable – assuming your imagination can wrap around stairs that lead to nowhere and cyclopean masonry. Overall, Bulikov is a stunning and eclectic port city that really does feel magical.

     
  • The cover of the book Dandelion Wine

    Dandelion Wine

    Green Town

    If the quintessential small town is what you’re after, look no further than Green Town. This idyllic community is as quaint as they come – the sort of place where your barber knows your name and your seventh grade teacher buys you a hot dog at the carnival. While its true that those traveling carnivals can be a little hit or miss, Green Town really is a small town unlike any other.

     
  • The cover of the book The Color of Magic

    The Color of Magic

    Ankh-Morpork

    Nestled alongside the slow-moving current of the Ankh river, which is perhaps the most easily forded river in the multiverse, this bustling, densely populated metropolis is a multicultural haven and home to a lively mix of dwarves, trolls, werewolves, humans – really anything you can imagine. With a vibrant street theater scene, a surging economy, and all the safety the Watch can muster, there’s really no place quite like Ankh-Morpork.